That is just the starting point of why Forte would be a natural fit with the Dolphins.
Forte announced via social media Friday that the Bears will not re-sign the eight-year veteran. He will be an unrestricted free agent in March and should generate some interest on the open market. The Dolphins and Gase also should be one of the first teams lining up for Forte’s services.
Gase is in the process of implementing a new offense that Forte knows well. Despite battling through injures, he rushed for 898 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games last season. Forte also had 44 receptions and has been one of the NFL's most versatile backs in his career.
The Dolphins also have a need at running back with starter Lamar Miller a pending free agent. Miller had his moments with the Dolphins but was often underutilized. Miller understandably has questions whether he is a good fit in Miami and may seek greener pastures.
That potentially leaves the door open for Forte, who is a more complete running back. Forte is a natural receiver out of the backfield and better at picking up the blitz, which are two areas Miller has struggled in his career. Forte, when healthy, can help make life easier for quarterback Ryan Tannehill entering his fifth season in both the run and passing game.
The only downside is Forte is 30. Historically, that is a bad age for running backs as they begin to hit the downside of their careers. Still, potentially adding Forte at a reasonable price would be a solid offseason move for a Dolphins offense that desperately needs stability and proven production.